SPOKANE, Wash. – Cindy Cohn, legal director and general counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will discuss “National Security Agency (NSA) Mass Spying, the Constitution, and You” at the Gonzaga University School of Law Judge Justin L. Quackenbush Lecture at noon Monday, March 31 in the Law School’s Barbieri Courtroom (721 N. Cincinnati St.). The free lecture is open to the public.
The National Law Journal named Cohn one of the 100 most Influential Lawyers in America of 2013, noting “If Big Brother is watching, he better look out for Cindy Cohn.” She has received numerous awards for her work defending electronic and digital rights. In 2007, the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Cohn worked for the United Nations Center for Human Rights and as a civil litigator in private practice before she began working for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1993.
“Cindy Cohn has spent her career pursuing justice – not just for herself but for all of us,” said Jessica Kiser, Gonzaga assistant professor of law. “While free speech and privacy rights are challenged on a regular basis in our increasingly digital world, Cindy Cohn and the EFF are at the forefront fighting back against large corporations and even the NSA to advocate for the public interest.”
The annual Quackenbush Lecture Series honors Judge Quackenbush for his many outstanding contributions as a U.S. District Court judge. Nominated to the bench by President Jimmy Carter, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1980, Judge Quackenbush served as chief judge in Spokane from 1989-1995, and assumed senior status in June 1995. An undergraduate alumnus of the University of Idaho and graduate of Gonzaga University Law School (1957), Judge Quackenbush served in the U.S. Navy, worked as deputy prosecuting attorney in Spokane County, served in private practice, and taught as an instructor at Gonzaga Law School before his appointment to the bench.
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